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(a) Spoiled Ballot. Should any voter spoil a ballot in their effort to vote, the voter shall fold and return the ballot to the polling officials, and the polling officials shall have the voter place the spoiled ballot in an envelope marked “spoiled ballot.” The polling officials will then place the spoiled ballot into a large specially marked envelope for all “spoiled ballots.” The polling officials will then issue a new ballot and envelope to the voter.

(b) Write-In Votes. Write-in votes are not allowed and will be considered improperly marked ballots.

(c) Challenged Ballot. A challenged ballot shall be counted only if it is determined by the Election Board that the ballot should be declared valid. This determination shall be made during the procedure for counting ballots described in this chapter. In the event that an absentee ballot has been cast, the challenged ballot will not be counted. If a person, not listed on the register of voters, is determined to have met all the requirements for inclusion but has been erroneously left out of the register of voters, the challenged ballot will be counted. [Ord. 56 § 4707, amended, 5/9/2019; Ord. 42 § 4707, adopted, 3/4/2015.]